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, the u.s. is concerned about what they're seeing in libya, according to all reports, that some of the weapons that were supplied through middle men have now gotten to terror groups. they're concerned about tracking the weapons and about possible blowback depending what kind of regime replace assad because no one thinks this regime will survive, whether it takes weeks, months, or a year. no one really thinks and you are a lot closer to it than all of us that assad is going to survive. >> it doesn't seem like assad is going to survive. when i went in a few days ago, i wasn't sure as well if he had a few more days, if he had a few more weeks. i don't think that this is going tolg very quickly. i would say a few more months. i explained this to -- or described it to one of our editors that imagine there's a big iceberg or a big wedge of ice and you are chipping at it with an ice pick. initially you just get tiny little flakes. eventually big chunks start to come off, and chunks are now coming off. the assad regime is breaking apart. rebel units are being -- are winning and taking o
. a u.s. ambassador and three others were killed in a terrorist attack on that diplomatic compound in libya. one state department official resigned wednesday and three others removed after an independent panel found security at the consulate was insufficient and state department leadership was to blame. >> the security posture at the special mission compound was inadequate for the threat environment in benghazi. and in fact, grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place that night. >> the report also found the attack was not the result of protests over an anti-islamic video as was first reported. later today, two deputy secretaries of state will testify before congress about the attack. secretary of state hillary clinton will not be there. she's recovering from a concussion after fainting from the stomach flu. aides say clinton, the most traveled u.s. diplomat ever won't be making any trips at all for a few weeks. state department officials dismiss claims that clinton is faking her illness to avoid testifying. >>> vice president joe biden is getting right to business w
commitment has never been stronger. >>> now the efforts by the u.s. military against al qaeda are in their 12th year, we must also ask ourselves how will this conflict end? >> that's a very good question, and since that's the pentagon's top lawyer asking it, we'll ask our brain trust, is the war on terror winding down? first, though, the fiscal cliff looms ever nearer, the house speaker, among many others, sounding very pessimistic today. are we headed over the edge? and after the election in a bruising defeat, what's next for the republican party? we'll talk to one top outgoing gop senator. good sunday afternoon to you, you are watching msnbc, the place for politics. there are no signs right now of a break in the deadlocked talks to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, the devastating combinations of tax increase and spending cuts that kick in january 1st. both sides seem to dig in this morning on the sunday talk shows. >> the only thing standing in the way of that would be a refusal by republicans that the rates would have to go up on the wealthiest americans, and i don't really see them doing
, the syrian regime has turned increasingly desperate. u.s. officials tell nbc news the syrian military loaded the precursor chemicals for sarn nerve gas into aerial bombs. that could be dropped from dozens of syrian fighter bombers. this week u.s. intelligence detected a flurry of activity at chemical weapons sites like this one. while u.s. officials confirm the precursor chemicals are loaded, they must still be mixed together to create the deadly sarin gas. the development shook the world. president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton issued strong warnings to syria's president assad that there would be serious consequences if he used chemical weapons. >> it's the point of no return. they're going to lose any sort of backing that they had from the chinese and russians in terms of blocking the u.n. vote. and it's my -- it's a suicide move. >> reporter: iraq's saddam hussein killed 5,000 kurds with a sarin gas attack in 1988. jim miklaszewski, nbc news, pentagon. >>> back here at home, fiscal cliff negotiations in washington are still up in the air. most lawmakers have gone home for a
by firing scud missiles at rebels. u.s. officials say more than half dozen scud missiles were fired into northern syria and areas held about it rebels have suffered severe damage recently. there's no evidence that the missiles contain chemical weapons, though. meanwhile, the president of ecuador denied yesterday that syrian leader assad has requested asylum there. >>> john mcafee is back on u.s. soil after being deported from guatemala on immigration violations. the anti-virus millionaire is miami. they are not involves in the belize investigation into the death of mcafee's neighbor. asked if he was concerned about extradition, mcafee responded. >> i'm not worried at all. if i'm in front of a court, there is nothing in the world they will do to send me back. they have no evidence. they're obviously trumped up charges. this is the only attempt they charged me. >> mcafee is currently free in the u.s. he remains a person of interest and the belize police would still like to talk to them. >>> there are new details this morning about cause of death of the london nurse who was caught up i
:40 in the afternoon. susan rice remains the u.s. ambassador to the united nations. and a high-profile one at that. she's known for being very close to president obama, a long-time friend and ally for the president. she's also known for being blunt. and for being aggressively intelligent. she is a rhodes scholar. she's stanford educated. she was on the national security council staff and served as assistant secretary of state in the clinton administration. she was unanimously confirmed in 2009 for the post she holds now as the u.n. ambassador. when hillary clinton made clearer than clear that she would not stay on for a second term as secretary of state, susan rice's name was floated basically immediately as a potential nominee for that job. hers was not the only name floated for that job, but her potential nomination was given new prominence and new political heat when republican senators, led by john mcguess who decided that the political traction they could not get before the election in attacking the president for the benghazi attack, they would try to get instead after the election by attacking su
. there is about 6% of u.s. adolescents that are clinically depressed. that's not just sad. it's in a deep state that need help of one type or another. whether it's counseling or drugs or whatever. they need some help. they're relatively easy to identify. and you can do it in a simple screening process. for very little money. we could have every kid when you get your high school physical, you also have to get checked out, or periodically before graduation. because the thing is, most depressives, kids want to -- they want help. and they will tell adults. usually the two adults they will not tell are their mom and their dad. and that's actually part of the screening protocol is that parents can't be in the room, because they will usually tell a teacher or a counselor or a family doctor. they will tell an adult, but they hide it from their parents because they're embarrassed, ashamed, all sorts of different reasons. so the parents are often blind to it because the child is sort of blocking their view. so parents have difficulty. but yeah, we can do so much. >> each one of these things seems like it
they have a man in their custody they believe is connected to the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi on september 11th and killed four americans including ambassador chris stephens. according to an e judicial source the man is identified as being in his late 30s. he is known to egyptian intelligence officials for his connections in the past with extremist groups in egypt and libya and his connections with groups in afghanistan and iraq. after the country's revolution he managed to escape from a prison where he was being held. it was shortly afterwards he emerged on this scene for egyptian intelligence officials who say he began trading in arms between libya into egypt and then ultimately onto gaza. right now there's no indication what role he may have played precisely in the attack on the u.s. consulate. he is being held in egyptian custody. there were some conflicting reports as to when he was actually detained. some suggested he was arrested on friday morning. there were other reports suggesting he had been arrested several weeks ago. right now he remains in egyptian custody. he ha
and losses have been picking up in the last hour or so as we've seen renewed concern about the u.s. fiscal cliff whether a negotiation could be reached. we saw some optimism in the asian session overnight. i want to draw your attention to the most important story potentially for 20123 and that's what's happening in japan. you guys may recall yesterday it was up .9%. this market has been on a tear this year. it's up more than 20 one of the best asset classes. the yen continues to weaken. there's two reasons why we're focusing here. we got weak economic data out of japan. industrial production decline. we saw core consumer prices decline. we can show you, though, what's happening with the yen. we're seeing the new finance minister coming out and saying to other countries, you know, look, we're not trying to materially weaken our yen and you have no place to accuse us of doing so. he says a strong dollar policy would benefit the u.s. very much so. and, again, might benefit japan, too, because that will make it a lot easier to get that yen lower. today, the dollar/yen is up .2% because it's im
then ran for the u.s. senate as an independent but lost. now to this. ♪ >> south korean singing sensation psy gears up for a huge performance this weekend. there are no revelations about anti-american -- this anti-american rap song they did a few years back. the song "dear american" includes lyrics like kill those blanking yankees who have been torturing iraqi captives, kill their mothers, daughters, mothers-in-law, fathers. psy has since apologized saying the 2004 rap was protesting the killing of a south korean hostage by iraqi insurgents. but psy will still perform at the christmas in washington concert this weekend where president obama and the first family will be looking on. and senator stevphen colbert? south carolina governor nikki haley says that ain't happening. the palmetto state resident said he'd like to replace the outgoing representative. he explained why he'd be a great senator. the governor was not moved. her season? what she called stephen colbert's, quote, big, big mistake. >> what's the state drink? >> there's a state drink? >> it's milk. i didn't realize my state was
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of the other airports. according to flight aware.com so far only about 70 nights cancelled in the u.s. so far today. that's a big difference from thursday and provide when that storm blew through the plains and midwest and the northeast. forcing the cancellation of more than 6000 pilots. in places like chicago, detroit, and new york. some of the 84 million drivers were traveling this holiday season also faced treacherous roads, snow and ice may continue to be problem today in the northeast. places like upstate new york and pennsylvania and west virginia. there's good news for drivers. take a look at this. right now the national for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.24. that's much less than a month ago when the average was about $3.43. but it is about the same as a year ago. tens of millions of americans travel over the next few days, the travel conditions seem to be improving at least when compared to earlier in the week. alex? >> all right. appreciate that live report. we are going to get a look now at the forecast around the country. nbc meteorologist dylan dryer is here with more on that
, the position of secretary of state should not be politicized. as a sitting u.s. national security official who served in two u.s. administrations, i am saddened we have reached this point before you decided whom to nominate. as qualified as she is for her work in foreign policy, this is one area where she may be wrong because, in fact, all positions are political and politicized. well before president obama had been reelected, the fight over his cabinet nominations began. the republican opposition to rice was led early and often by senator john mccain who claimed she was unqualified for job of secretary of state and not very bright. rice's sunday talk show round up after the september 11th attacks in benghazi, libya put her in front to provide information. as it turns out, she had not written the material she delivered that day and was not dishonest about her understanding of the attacks. funny thing, they don't have to be there to play the game. the biggest there that wasn't there in politics, another presidential adviser with talking points. secretary of state hopeful making the case for her
for the u.s. senate. >>> coming up, no cause for concern -- that's the word on nelson mandala as the anti-apartheid legend rests in a south african hospital. >>> plus, should the gop jump on the marijuana legalization bandwagon? might not sound like a good fit. but stay tuned. we'll work it over in the war room, next. the truth about mascara is... it clumps. introducing a revolutionary new mascara. clump crusher...crusher. 200% more volume. zero clumps. new clump crusher from easy, breezy, beautiful covergirl. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. [ cheers and applause ] >>> that's one of the fifrs couples to tie the knot in washington state just after midnight last night. the first time same-sex couple there is could legally get hitched. voters approve the new law last month, making washington state now one of nine states plus the district of columbia that allows same-sex marriages. i'm craig melvin welcome back on this sunday afternoon. here's a quick look at other top stories m
in 1998 when that guy walked in and killed two u.s. capitol policemen. and i thought, i mean, how many times do we have to go through this? this is coming from a guy, by the way, that's from the south. this is coming from a guy that owns guns, that sit in my home unloaded. no kids in my house, just to be clear. this is coming from a guy they grew up in a household with guns that sat in a locked gun closet. i knew that if i went near them my father was going to beat the hell out of me. i knew it. but we are now at a tipping point. we are now at a stage where we are almost ten years after the assault weapons ban has expired. if you need a 223, if you need an ak-47 to shoot bambi, you have bigger problems. you don't need those guns. you don't need them to go hunting. i get gun rights. i totally like gun rights. but you don't need those kinds of things. and you don't need crazy people being able to get them, either through their parents, through loopholes going through these gun shows, no background checks. >> internet sites. >> internet sites. it's ridiculous. way too many loopholes. way
house to examine government files of u.s. citizens for possible criminal behavior. even if they are not suspected of a crime. the u.s. terror -- >> what? >> yeah. i said that. the u.s. terror agency -- >> the next thing you're going to tell me is the fbi can go into our e-mails if we know somebody who doesn't like an e-mail that she's gotten, and then they can open other people's e-mails and then have suspicion of sexual activity and therefore open another person's e-mails and then report it to other government agencies. that will never happen. >> yeah. >> this is insanity. >> not in america. >> you know, this is harold ford. you went to law school. i went to law school. this is the proverbial slippery slope that our constitutional law professors warned us about. >> really? i see. you don't like the slippery slope when it's inconvenient to you. the u.s. terror agency -- >> i don't even know what that means. you just happen to disagree with me. >> harboring some hostility here? >> no, i think it's interesting. we've had some interesting debates about the slippery slope. o
hikes to save the u.s. from becoming greece. is that anything new? >> not really. i mean, lindsey graham has been at the forefront of many of the republican battles, some of them which he won, the susan rice battle. the important thing to remember is senator graham is up for re-election in 2014, expects a primary challenge for the right. so every time and minute he can spend on national television looking tough against the president is smart. politically for him. the interesting thing to see is whether the fiscal cliff debate will move towards the senate now. we've seen speaker boehner and the president at the center of this for weeks. doesn't look like they can come together. can mitch mcconnell or anyone on the republican sidestep forward in these last nine days remains to be seen. >> david drucker, to you. we had senator chuck schumer saying we were this close to getting a deal done. how close is "this close" now? and what did that entail? >> well, you know, i think it depends on what you think is "this close." from what we can tell, it looked as though speaker boehner and president o
. the opposition stems from comments she made on sunday talk shows after the september attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. and now there are new questions about a possible conflict of interest. let's bring in congressman gregory meeks, democrat from new york. also a member of the house foreign affairs committee. thanks for swinging by on this saturday afternoon, congressman. >> good being with you, craig. >> first of all, is ambassador rice, is she the candidate that you would like to see put forth? >> ambassador vice a brilliant woman. i've known her for a while. she is from the clinton administration. i've senn her work. she is a rhodes scholar. she has done excellent work as the u.n. ambassador. i think she would be a great secretary of state. >> do you think that she is the woman who ends up getting nominated, or do you think at the end of the day we'll end up seeing someone perhaps like a john kerry? >> that's up to the president of the united states, of course. but i would say he has a wide selection of individuals to choose from. but susan rice would be on the very top of my
states production will start next year. and what apple says about u.s. workforce really caught our attention. >> it's not a matter of bringing it back, it's a matter of starting it here. >> tim cook says there's a problem with the american workforce? there's a serious labor gap for big manufacturers ever since the 1960s, the service sector has been gaining jobs and manufacturing has dropped. 86% of jobs are reportedly in the service industry in our country now. only 14% are still in manufacturing. apple says it needs more skilled american labor. but let's be honest. companies like apple caused the problem in the first place. for decades, u.s. trade policy has rewarded companies like bain capital for gutting the nation's manufacturing core. republicans have cleared the way for companies to make massive profits by using cheaper labor in china. china's also got middle managers to run the factories. chinese workers have been trained in skilled positions for decades. those same skilled positions have nearly vanished here in the united states. and chinese labor is the reason apple can af
on thursday as planned about the deadly september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. joining me now is former state department egypt officer joel ruben. good to have you here. this long-awaited independent report on the attack that killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three others in benghazi is going to be presented to the state department today. secretary clinton is not going to be there. is it crucial that she testify at some point in all of this, because this is another example of where she's not appearing before these meetings, before these committees. >> well, thomas, this is a very important week for the accountability review board. the results are coming out today to the state department. they'll be in open session later in the week with the two top deputies to secretary clinton. it is unfortunate that she's ill and certainly to have her forcefully communicate the results of the report would be excellent. she is the best at this, the best that the administration has to offer, but her deputies are very strong and they will make the arguments that need to b
republicans who are ditching grover norquist's no tax pledge? from the office of u.s. congressman gibson in new york, quote, representative gibson signed the pledge in 2010 for the 20th congressional district. congressman gibson doesn't plan to re-sign it for the 19th. as joy reid said yesterday that's like breaking up with someone by changing your phone number. >>> also tonight, the apps way, the smartphone super pac app providing fact-checking. which came out in the love category? thank obama care, pants on fire, and yosemite sam. here it is. >> there's not going to be a part of, again, socializing health care in the state of texas. ♪ >> the ip being what that is will be a board that will tell you, bob, whether your level of productivity in society is worth rereceiving the rash of care as a result of obama care. ♪ i'll be unhappy if i let you go ♪ >> anyway, the ad that got most votes in the failed category was the one called "join our fight to repeal obama care" from consumer pack restore our voice. that's "hard ball" for next. coming up next, "your business with j.j. remain be
joined the u.s. senate. he is also a father of four, like joe. he joins us this morning with his unique perspective on the events in newtown. also ahead this morning, we'll hear from some of the teachers who were inside sandy hook elementary school when the shooting began. we'll also bring in mike barnicle, jon meacham and willie geist who spent part of the weekend in newtown. we'll be right back. this holiday, share everything. share "not even close." share "you owe me..." share "just right." the share everything plan. shareable data across 10 devices with unlimited talk and text. hurry in for a droid incredible 4g lte by htc for $49.99. >>> we find comfort reflecting on the incredible person that emilie was and how much lives that she was able to touch in her short time here on earth. emilie was bright, creative and very loving. emilie was always willing to try new things, other than food. she loved to use her talents to touch the lives of everyone that she came into contact with. she was an exceptional artist, and she always carried around her markers and pencils so that she never mi
to win a gold medal in the olympics and also the first u.s. gymnast ever to receive the individual all-around gold and team gold medals. but her path to superstardom wasn't always smooth. she's had to deal with homelessen, racism, and bullying while fighting to achieve her dream. now she shares her incredible dream in a book entitled "grace, gold & glory." it's a pleasure to welcome gabrielle and her mother to "politicsnation." >> thank you for having us. >> you know you won all of the world's hearts four months ago. i want to ask you, what was going through your head when you won that night. everyone was watching but what were you thinking about? >> i was thinking about all of the sacrifices me and my family put into this and it was all worth it just overcoming injuries and being homeless at one point and all of the struggles that we faced. i was thinking it was so worth it and the glory goes up to god because he has given me this amazing talent to represent him and at the same time, too, so a lot of emotions were going -- i was happy, i was crying and just thinking about -- just bein
manchin when he was running for this u.s. senate seat cut an ad in which he was shooting at a target. >> yeah. >> and so the bottom line is that him taking this stand is good evidence of just how much this issue has gun to shift and the potential that president obama has to talk about it to rural americans. >> john nichols, washington correspondent of "the nation," great to have you. >>> a lot more is coming up in the next half hour on "the ed show." stay with us. >> the principal lunging to protect kid. i wish she had an m-4 in her office so that when she heard gunfire she could pull it out. >> the righties double down. alex wagner and jonathan alter. what role does this country's mental health need to play to curb the violence? dr. gail saltz is here with answers. >>> and if the club for growth is john boehner, you know it's good news for democrats. the latest on the fiscal cliff negotiations is ahead. yeah, sure you can. great. where's your gift? uh... whew. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. ship fedex express by december 22nd for christmas delivery. tdd#: 1-800-34
" is to the left on guns. the post says has technology rendered the second amendment to the u.s. constitution obsolete? that is, as the application of modern military design to civilian firearms produced a class of weapons too dangerous to be in general circulation. we say yes. included in that "we" in the lead editorial is the owner of "the new york post," rupert murdo murdock, from australia. he knows the experience with mass murder, in 1996, an australian shooter spraying bullets from a semiautomatic weapon killed 35 people. the australian prime minister said then we do not want the american disease imported into australia. he meant, of course, the american disease of mass murder by firearm. the australian government then banned assault weapons, tightened licensing and created buy-back programs for guns. since then, there have been no gun massacres in australia. none. and here, in the united states, children, age 5 to 14 years are 13 times more likely to be killed by a gun than children in other developed nations. and the more guns your state has, the more likely your children are to be ki
. >>> ted kennedy jr. is not running for the u.s. senate seat in massachusetts. he did not want to uproot his family from connecticut and not ruraling out a future run. that's because senator kerry is going to be going on to a cabinet post. >>> a new poll suggesting that americans are less enthusiastic of shopping this holiday season. 49% of americans expressing pessimism. joining me now analyst hetha pavulcar. will it's talk about what we're talking about this year. >> right. national retail fed case is expecting the holiday sales at 4.1%, up for the year and lower than last year's 5.6%. probably going to see about half a trillion dollars spent in holiday sales which seems like a lot but the number, the takeaway is less than last year. consumers and customers went gang busters on holiday sales. >> is this the possibility that the end of the year has seen the hurricane sandy issues and hit with that and also in the news cycle, massacre in newtown? peoples' spirits might be on the downside. >> right. to be quite frank, i mean, america's emotionally spent and i don't think they necessarily
deadliest shooting in u.s. history. because that this has happened so often you have a lot of anger from people, why does this not change? we have this conversation for five minutes and then it dies. this may not be a fight they can win. a lot of the political calculus has not changed. but i do think you hear a lot more anger ask a lot mo determination and you have people like mike bloomberg really saying that they are going to push baemd. they are not going to let him get away with paying lip service as he has done in the past and as he has done so far. >> the national rifle association. we have been talking about them in passing the last 25 minutes. how powerful are they? >> well, craig, i don't think that the nra in and of itself is as powerful as everyone and especially him want people to think. this debate is ultimately going to be decided by a few dozen moderate republicans from suburban districts. if this is a galvanizing moment -- because these are children and this crime is just -- so horrendous, there are people who are willing to break with the nra and it is not just republica
that they were sold somehow unlawfully, the most you can charge them with is a misdemeanor, and no u.s. attorney will charge a misdemeanor. there just isn't room for it in the federal court. >> you know, warren, if i could, think about the hipocrisy that you have. it's a total pr trick to try to divert attention from the things we're talking about here that i think most americans would be shocked to find out are not in place. what is the nra trying to do in the wake of these tragedies? talk about mental health, talk about video games, for heaven's sakes, when they really should be acknowledging that these kind of systems are very much needed. >> former a.t.f. agent william vizzard, thank you very much. karen finney, thank you very much for joining me tonight. >> you're welcome. >>> coming up, the poor romneys are still struggling to explain why mitt lost. their latest explanation, we can only hope, is the last romney lie of 2012. copd makes it hard to breathe, but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung funct
men arrested in connection with the rape have now been charged with murder. >> and the u.s. senate has approved a $60.4 billion aid package to pay for damage done by hurricane sandy. it's now up to the house to approve that bill before the current session ends on wednesday, otherwise, it will have to be re-introduced next congress. now to the relentless winter weather dumping snow all over the northeast. a new storm today already making roads treacherous in pennsylvania and new york with new england looking to get the worst of it later tonight. airlines so far have canceled more than 300 flights, many in and out of the new york city area. weather channel's julie martin standing by at laguardia. what's the seen now, julie? >> reporter: craig, in fact, half of those cancellations have come from the new york airports and 180, jfk, laguardia and newark as of this hour. in terms of the delays we are not seeing them mount as much as we would have thought at this time and one of the reasons that snow not quite working its way into the tri-state area just yet, but we are, nonetheless, seeing l
the man behind one of the worst mass shootings in u.s. history was a 20 year old, whose brother has told them that the gunman had a history of mental problems, but the precise nature of his connection to the elementary school is not yet clear this morning. investigators say the horrifying day began three miles from the santdy hook school, at the house where the gunman, identified by authorities as 20-year-old adam lanza, lived with his mother nancy who had worked at the school. they believe he shot and killed her there, then drove her car to sandy hook elementary. he was dressed all in black and heavily armed. carrying three guns, two handguns and a rifle. those weapons were legally purchased by his mother. once inside, he fired dozens of grounds, killing the children at close range. >> minutes after our officers were there, they realized, you know, what a horrific scene we had there. >> at first, there was widespread confusion about the gunman's identity. officials say that's because adam lanza was carrying an id belonging to his 24-year-old brother ryan who lives in hoboken, new jersey
the way that jim demint has built his influence in politics. he has treated all of his time in the u.s. senate not as an opportunity to get anything passed. he has no legislative record at all. he spent his time in the senate trying to become a kingmaker, trying to make the republican party over in his own image. trying to shape other people's races. to have more conservative litmus tests for republican candidates. so jim demint was elected for the first time in '04. he was re-elected in 2010. they serve six-year terms. right? so jim demint doesn't have to face re-election again in south carolina until 2016. but jim demint just quit. a couple of weeks ago. he just announced with no warning that he was leaving the senate right now, immediately, before his term was out. and today jim demint gave his farewell speech, which including this very telling and weird moment. >> i hope that we can create more common ground between the political parties by showing everyone that ideas that work for their constituents and our constituents are right in front of our faces if we're willing to set aside
. earlier this week three u.s. senators took issue with that sequence. they fear that american moviegoers will get a dysported impression of the role of torture in our getting bin laden. the first half hour of the movie depicts t s ths the interrogati figure called amare. he appears based on mohammed al qahtani, who was harshly interrogated, although not waterboarded. at gitmo, qahtani was one individual who identified bin laden's courier, a key break in the hunt for bin laden. when we eventually learned the courier's real name and found him, he found bin laden. in real life, one month before september 11th, qahtani was denied admission to the united states when an astute i.n.s. agent named jose perez wouldn't allow him to enter the airport. so qahtani returned to the middle east and was later apprehended fighting with bin laden at tora bora. the 9/11 commission later determined he was to have been the 20th hijacker. part of the evidence? 9/11 ringleader mohamed atta awaited him at the orlando airport. so for me, "zero dark thirty" is a reminder of the power of one person. one week ago to
, it would be a fact, and it would be a fact that here's a black u.s. senator from the deep south. that would be significant, i think. and a big step for the party. >> do you have a view on this, congressman? >> i do. i have a view on almost everything. >> you fit right in, my man. you fit right in. >> the good news is that there is revolutionary thinking going on in the republican party. tim scott is a conservative, 1,000 times more conservative than me, but i like tim scott because he's a good guy. he doesn't say crazy things. he doesn't attack people with nasty labels. so he's a good guy. keep in mind, however, that -- and i think this is a mistake the republican party has made -- that they assume that if they reach out to african-americans, meaning run radio spots on black radio, that that's reaching out. that's not. there are policy changes that are going to take place. and tim scott's going to have essentially the same policies that demint had. he's going to embrace those policies. >> gene, i want to ask you a question, and then i want the chairman to answer it. it's interesting you men
for that cause. absolutely. >> 8, fiscal cliff, 7, u.s. economy. 6, penn state. 5, libya. 4 obama care. why did obama care rise again? >> you know, it seemed people felt that story was never going to go away. it actually started last year, went through this year and is still an unending story. we don't know. people felt it affected their readers, their constituents. >> obviously the supreme court story was huge. but also the election was huge as well where you had a lot of republicans say okay. we'll basically -- it's been, you know, verified by the american people. >> this was the first year i went back, since 1996, that a presidential election did not make the number one spot. it is pretty unusual. it's because of newtown. >> number 3, superstorm. obviously a huge storm, had a devastating impact on the tri-state area. >> in a normal year that would have been the number one story. it was a very complicated news year and it got knocked down to 3. >> you're right the u.s. election would have been the top story of the year. quite an election. >> almost any time. this is a fascinating election wit
, a little bit at the margins when we're talking about the size that we have, in the u.s., compared to the next country which is almost double, right? if we're really serious about the gun violence in this country, we need something much bigger and more comprehensive than the kinds of relatively small bits of legislation that's being advocating. >> so you're really describing the public health approach to gun violence which say very important part of our discussion. if you look at the suicide part of it, most people who have been depressed seem help other ways. there's points of entry, sometimes, in hospitals and public hospitals. so you can put a program in eye ahospital that would, if they see a man who is coming it in who just lost this job. and the people who kill themselves are in a very are specific age category group. they are young males between the ages of 15 and 20. and they're older males between the ages of 55 and 65. so you can set up a protocol, where people discussed with them and said, do you have guns in your home? which is what the pediatricians are trying to do. >
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